Sometimes the news is bleak enough about religion that one gets surprised to find good news. But the Christian Reformed Church has just approved the ordination of women.
But the move to equality has just begun. The next step is working on issues from equal pay to access to positions in congregations. Then on to denominational leadership and input. But it's worth noting the significance of this event.
Growing up I never knew that for some this is a big step. Most of the pastors I knew and know are women. I actually had to be explained as a kid that not all churches are like this nor apparently agreed with Paul's claim in Galatians that all are one in Christ.
I'm not sure how this issue has played out in evangelical churches. While the Southern Baptists took a major step back and continue to think of new ways to not include women in leadership, apparently this not the case with pentecostal bodies who have for years relied on women leadership.